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London Fashion Week: Burberry Prorsum SS14

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Images courtesy of Vogue

Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum collection is always one of the highlights of London fashion week and the stunning setting of Kensington gardens was the perfect backdrop to this flushed fantasy of SS14 - a showcase of Bailey’s love for the English rose.

His catwalk was awash with pretty shades, a brighter feel, softer, feminine fabrics and a sleekly romantic edge. Models appeared in mouth watering pastel hues of dusky pink, mint green, lavender, lemon yellow, baby blue.

Fabrics were soft and light, often sheer – we loved the transparent silk blouses that coquettishly bared the bare skin beneath. Luxe cashmere was a dominant fabric, worked into skirts as well as oversized cocoon coats, giving spring 2014 a soft and fluffy edge.

Images courtesy of Vogue

Shapes were a mixture of cocoon coats and louchly fitted dresses, matched with slouchy clutches and T-bar heels in an array of colourful shades. Skirts were slimline and calf length in designs ranging from intricate Nottingham lace to transparent and embellished, ensuring there was both sweet and sexy in the presentation. And one thing we learned from this collection? The pencil skirt still prevails…

Coats were oversized, ensuring that the Burberry girl will be kept warm this spring. At first the classic look Burberry trench was nowhere to be seen; instead we saw a reworking of double-breasted trenches in a multitude of colours, with floral embellishment paired with waist cinching sparkling floral belts.

Images courtesy of Vogue

Bailey offered up contrasts of femininity and modernity with this collection perfectly illustrated when he sent model Cara Delevingne down the catwalk in a lace pastel pink pencil skirt, topped with a transparent cape with jewelled floral embellishments on the shoulders. The look gave a whole new meaning to the idea of the ‘rain mac’, we wouldn’t mind being seen in one of these at a festival.

The show closed with a scattering of petals falling onto the models as the lights dimmed and the FROW collectively exhaled with delight.We think it’s safe to say that with these kinds of pretty, colourful, inventive looks on offer for SS14, come springtime black will be forgotten along with the miserable British winter weather…

Show report by Vanessa Gainford.  Edited by GP.

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